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Carmelitas are a brown sugar oatmeal cookie bar filled with melty soft caramel and chocolate chips. Easy to make, addicting and everyone loves them. COME TO MAMA.

Man oh man do I have a delicious recipe for you today! Friends, meet the humble Carmelita bar. Easy to make and downright addicting, Carmelitas are basically a soft oatmeal cookie baked into bars, stuffed with chocolate chips and gooey caramel. Not hard in the least, just takes a little time to bake and cool. Grab some napkins and dive right in!

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Carmelitas Recipe

You are only 9 ingredients and 20 minutes away from gooey caramel heaven! A lot of these listed ingredients aren’t new or foreign territory. Lots of stuff you should already have in the pantry. Here’s what you need to get started:

Oatmeal Brown Sugar Base

  • All-Purpose Flour – all good things start with flour. I use unbleached all purpose.
  • Brown Sugar – to sweeten.
  • Rolled Oats – this gives a light texture that contrasts super well to the smooth chocolate and chewy caramel.
  • Baking Soda – our leavening
  • Salt – to balance out the sweet.
  • Salted Butter – partially melted. Soft enough to mix with a spoon and to combine all the dry ingredients together.

Filling

  • Kraft Caramels – these are soft square caramels that you can find in your local grocery store.
  • Heavy Cream – this is to make the caramel pourable and soft, even after refrigeration.
  • Chocolate Chips – these babies are sprinkled throughout the middle of the bars.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough

How to Make Carmelitas

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 square pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving longer edges along the sides. Spray the paper with cooking spray and set aside.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter until large crumbles form. Press half the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes.

Kraft Caramels and Cream

  1. While the bottom is baking, unwrap caramels and place into a microwave-safe bowl with heavy cream. Microwave on high, stirring after every 30 seconds until its completely smooth and melted together.

How to Make Carmelitas

  1. Once you pull the base out of the oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips and drizzle over the melted caramel and cream mixture. Top with remaining oatmeal crumbs and gently press into the caramel. Bake 18-20 minutes or until the top and edges begin to brown.

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  1. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate 1 hour to help the caramel set. So find a show to watch, a chore to do or go take a walk. (Longer time spent in the fridge can make the edges of the cooked caramel a little hard, which isn’t my favorite.) Cut into squares and serve.
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Carmelita Variations

Now that you have this simple Carmelitas recipe down, let’s talk variations. Because what could be better than making a delicious sweet treat, even better by adding what you like?! Here are a couple of ideas to alter Carmelitas:

  • Sea Salt – consider a salted caramel Carmelita bar by adding sea salt flakes atop the caramel filling in the middle. That perfect blend between salty and sweet is just too good!
  • Nuts – add some nutty and crunch to these bars by adding chopped walnuts or pecans to the filling before baking.
  • Coconut – if you love macaroons, you’ll want to add coconut shavings into these tasty treats.
  • Ice Cream – the simplest way to elevate these bars is to throw caution to the wind and serve them while hot, with vanilla ice cream. YUM!

Storing Carmelitas

Because we melted the caramels together with a little heavy cream, the caramel will stay soft at room temperature. After the initial refrigeration, cut into bars and serve.

If you have any leftovers, place into an airtight container and leave on the counter for up to two days or in the fridge for four. The caramel that got a little harder around the edges might be slightly harder/chewier to eat (especially out of the fridge) but shouldn’t be so hard that it becomes inedible. Either option is fine.

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More Cookie Bars to Try!

If you love cookies in bar form you should definitely check out those other recipes I’ve listed above, they all are super easy and satisfy sweet cravings. Don’t forget to save this Carmelitas Recipe by printing, pinning or bookmarking this page.

Printable recipe card is below, enjoy friends!

5 from 1 vote

Carmelitas

Carmelitas are a brown sugar oatmeal cookie bar filled with melty soft caramel and chocolate chips. COME TO MAMA.
servings 20 small squares
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins

Ingredients

For the Oatmeal Cookie Bar

For the filling

  • 11 oz package Kraft caramels unwrapped, 38 pieces
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips I used semi-sweet

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 or 9x9 square pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving longer edges along the sides. Spray the paper with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter until large crumbles form. Press half the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  • While the bottom is baking, unwrap caramels and place into a microwave-safe bowl with heavy cream. Microwave on high, stirring after every 30 seconds until its completely smooth and melted together.
  • Once you pull the base out of the oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips and drizzle over the melted caramel and cream mixture. Top with remaining oatmeal crumbs and gently press into the caramel. Bake 18-20 minutes or until the top and edges begin to brown.
  • Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate 1 hour to help the caramel set. (Longer time spent in the fridge can make the edges of the cooked caramel a little hard, which isn't my favorite.) Cut into squares and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carmelita, carmelitas, carmelitas recipe
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    1. Lauren

      If your caramel is really liquidy, it probably won’t hold together. Try stirring in a little flour to thicken as it bakes if its too thin.

    1. Lauren

      I’ve never tried that and would worry that it might be too much moisture from the apples, but you are welcome to give it a whirl! Sure would be yummy!

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